Eric Ott

What he does:
 Eric designs and develops the supply chain software which gives Amazon a competitive edge over its competitors.He is constantly interviewing candidates to grow this area of the company (currently around 100 Software Design Engineers).
 He has been in this position since summer of 2004.
Math on the job:
 Eric works on a lot of very challenging algorithms (NPComplete). Thankfully he paid attention in theory, algorithm and data structures courses. Math has played a large role in getting him to where he is, particularly combinatorics, calculus, partial differential equations, and numerical analysis.
Eric's background:
 Eric received two degrees from the University of Washington. First, a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (ACMS), with an emphasis in discrete math and algorithms. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
 Eric's initial interest in mathematics is due to its very large role in computer science, Eric's other degree.
 He learned about his job through Amazon tech talks and word of mouth. He was able to get a job interview through a referral of someone he knew from school.
Advice for students:
 Pay attention in class, network, and attend career events.